DC Foodies know that staying on top of all the recent restaurant openings can be a challenge to say the least. Although it’s been about a month and a half since the last time I posted about new restaurants in the city, there has been plenty to talk about.
Here are some new restaurants in DC that are worth checking out:
Bobby’s Burger Palace
2121 K St NW
From famed chef Bobby Flay, Bobby’s Burger Palace offers as you guessed it, burgers. These aren’t your regular burgers that you can find anywhere though. Bobby Flay has created quite a unique menu that has enough options for anyone walking in. Sure you can pick up the Palace Classic Burger which is a typical burger with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onions; but maybe you would rather try something a little more unique. The Miami Burger is pressed with ham, and served with Swiss Cheese, pickles, mustard, and mayonnaise. Maybe you’re going there with someone who loves a good burger and you’re just not a fan of cheeseburgers. Fear not, you can order a regular grilled cheese, or a Griddled Cheese Deluxe which has Brie, Goat Cheese, tomato, and bacon. Finally, any burger can be “crunchified” which means that a layer of potato chips is added to the burger.
1516 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
From the people who brought the world Chipotle, ShopHouse Kitchen draws a significant amount of influence from Southeast Asia. For people familiar with Chipotle, the concept of the restaurant is largely the same. Customers pick separate ingredients, and watch as their meal is assembled right in front of them, in an assembly line fashion. Instead of having to choose between burritos and burrito bowls, patrons of ShopHouse are given the choice of either a bowl filled with ingredients, or the option to create a Banh Mi. A Banh Mi, translated as cake made from wheat, is a style of fresh bread that is stuffed with meat and vegetables.
900 19th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006202.785.0012
Bonmi is a Vietnamese inspired restaurant also offering Banh Mi sandwiches, as well as summer rolls, salads, and health bars. Opened just a few blocks from Farragut Square, Bonmi serves sandwiches stuffed with garlic black pepper pork, garlic lemongrass chicken, as well as vegetarian options. If you’re not in the mood for a sandwich, Bonmi offers lettuce wraps which always make for a great meal.
Meatballs Penn Quarter
628 E St NW
Washington, DC 20004
Last time I made a list like this, I included one new restaurant that was not open yet. Continuing this tradition I added Meatballs to the list, as they are close to opening, and I am waiting for the announcement of when they open. Why be excited for a restaurant focusing on meatballs? Well, other than the fact that the walls will be covered in jars of golf balls, gum balls, and more, the restaurant will be offering salads and sandwiches with the meatballs on top. The meatballs will be baked fresh at another location and brought it to be steamed. On Sundays, the restaurant will be offering a full meal of pasta, sauce, meatballs, salad, and bread for $79.99. The meal will be served in chef Michel Richard’s new cookware and if you bring back the pot and have it refilled, it will only be $59.